While Thanksgiving is typically a slow day at the movie box office, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still poised to come out on top for the holiday weekend. Disney’s new animated movie Strange world draws in a family audience for an expected $20-23 million over a five-day period that also includes Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but that’s still not enough to topple it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Strange world grossed $2.5 million on Thanksgiving Day, with the Black Panther sequel beat it with $8.1 million. In total, the five-day summary occurs Black Panther: Wakanda Forever puts it at an estimated $55-60 million.
Previous forecasts for Strange worlds had it opened to about 4,000 theater screens in the US for an expected $30 million to $40 million. Obviously this isn’t a huge number, but considering how family-friendly movies have fared during the pandemic, it’s not a bad box office for Strange worlds. For example, Encanto had $40.3 million over the same Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2021. Movies like Frozen II ($123.7 million), Ralph breaks the internet ($84.6 million), and Coco ($71 million) fared much better in pre-pandemic times. For now this is the new normal.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Cut LGBTQ Scene in Kuwait
Into an LGBTQ scene Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reportedly removed from the Kuwait release of the Marvel movie. The Black Panther sequel has a few different subplots, including the introductions of Namor the Sub-Mariner and Riri Williams, and Wakanda mourns the loss of King T’Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman. Unfortunately, when a project contains LGBTQ content, there is the possibility that it can and will be stripped once it is released overseas. This appears to be the case with Wakanda foreverwhen a very short loving scene between Michaela Coel’s Aneka and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo was removed in Kuwait.
According to The Hollywood ReporterKuwait edition of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever contained a small number of edits. Those edits total just over a minute, including the scene between Dora Milaje members Aneka and Ayo. Another deleted scene came when a woman gives birth and there’s the line, “A god for his people.” What makes the Kuwait cut interesting is that it’s the only country in that area to have a scene removed. THR also reports that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar are screening Black Panther: Wakanda Forever raw. All of these countries are known for scrapping any kind of LGBTQ content.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Opening Night Box Office
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took in $28 million domestically during its Thursday previews, making it the 15th-highest preview total of all time. The Letitia Wright-led film will be shown in a total of 4,396 cinemas on Friday. The current projections had Black Panther 2 opening in the $185 million to $200 million range, and this early pull gave it strong momentum. For comparison, Multiverse of madness made $36 million in its domestic previews, eventually grossing $187 million in its opening weekend, while Love and Thunder launched to $29 million in its Thursday showings before grossing $143 million in its opening weekend.
This opening puts it over 2018 Black Panther, which debuted at $25.2 million during its Thursday showings. That film became the highest grossing first standalone film in MCU history, generating a whopping $202 million opening weekend en route to a worldwide total of $1.3 billion.
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